Astoria Theatre

2860 Steinway Street,
Astoria, NY 11103

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Astoria Theatre

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The Astoria Theatre opened in the Astoria section of Queens in November 1920, as a vaudeville house for the Ward & Glynne circuit, but acquired by Loew’s in 1923.

After many years operated by the Skouras Theaters Corp. chain, in 1977, United Artists divided the theater into four screens, and then, in 1981, converted the remaining dressing areas in the back of the building into two additional theaters, bringing the theater up to sixplex status.

It was named the UA Astoria Sixplex when it closed on Dec. 26, 2001.

Today, the former theater building is used for office space and retail.

Contributed by Seth Wharton

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bazookadave
bazookadave on May 7, 2009 at 10:18 am

What remains of the theatre on the gym floor? Are there decorative moldings, the proscenium arch, etc.?

kellygobraugh
kellygobraugh on May 20, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I saw Moulin Rouge in this theater in 2001. It was probably one of the last films shown there. The theater was pretty empty, the floors were sticky and it was certainly very old. I thought it was a beautiful place, nonetheless. I live about 10 blocks from it and, every time I walk past it now, I get sad. I’m glad they didn’t tear it down and the facade is still there.

Bway
Bway on May 26, 2009 at 8:10 am

What ornamentation remains of the old Astoria inside?
ANd it’s nice that the marquee is still there, but it’s sort of ludicrous that the drug store moved the entrance to the corner instead of using the entrance with the arch and marquee. Here’s a street view of the theater:

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Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on July 7, 2009 at 6:14 pm

To answer davebazooka, there is nothing left of the theatre on the gym floors. Nothing. It’s all gone. Although, the large glass windows of the second floor, which are evident in old photos of the theatre are still there and all the treadmills are lined up there so you can look out on Steinway as you run. I think all the original interior ornamentation was gone when the theatre was split into 6 screens, because I don’t remember any when I saw movies there in 2000-2001.

heffer
heffer on December 29, 2009 at 7:29 pm

The last couple of years I went to the Astoria, it turned into a real dive. Ripped up screens, a sticky floor, and usually an odd scent for your “viewing pleasure”. It was funny that the Drake, another Queens theater that was only a dollar actually was in better condition.

TOMBOCHI
TOMBOCHI on April 29, 2010 at 8:21 am

Can somebody please tell me where the Crescent Theater was? I’ve lived on Crescent Street just about all my life, and haven’t any idea where this theater was. (There was the Strand Theater on Crescent and Broadway, which I remember quite well.) Also, does anybody remember the small movie house on Steinway Street across from the old Loew’s Triboro but further toward Astoria Boulevard? (I believe it’s original name was the Cameo. I’m not sure I remember it as such, but I do remember it as the Olympia, which became a porn theater before it closed. Not sure of the year it closed, either.) Thanks.

TOMBOCHI
TOMBOCHI on July 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

What is mentioned in 1925 article about Queens movie theatres? The Crescent? I just read the article, and The Crescent is not mentioned in the above-linked article.

LugosiResearch
LugosiResearch on December 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm

On Monday 5 March 1951, Bela “Dracula” Lugosi presented his in person Horror and Magic Stage show at Skouras Astoria. Currently I am conducting research on all things Lugosi; if anyone out there actually saw this show and/or has memorabilia (poster, handbill, photos) related to this show, please contact Bill at Thanks in advance for any assistance!

rivest266
rivest266 on October 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I posted a bunch of grand opening ads for the Loew’s takeover of January 8th, 1923.

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